Scholars were caught up in this legend, and began calling their surveys and encyclopedias "specula" - speculum literature. There was a speculum of history, of astronomy, of alchemy, of morals. Even a speculum on fools.
Prester John's speculum, in other words, had expanded in its powers, to encompass not only the physical world but the realm of ideas. You know, like the Internet...
But does it matter what we call our wondrous devices today? Whether television, or Internet, or iPhone, what matters is they are real.
Our technology has taken us from the realm of myth to what we can keep on tables, or desks, in our very hands.
That's progress worth celebrating.
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